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Music on Mondays in March makes a melodious preview to summer's Music on the Steps program

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Date published: 3/12/2009


Baer may have drawn the line at September, but fans will get a sneak preview of the summer program this month. She lined up four musical acts to play in the Headquarters Theater--the same place Music on the Steps is held when it rains.

Music lovers can look forward to Appalachian-style bluegrass and jazz on March 16, when Driftwood Fire comes to visit. Baer says Driftwood Fire is the band that started it all.

"In December I got a letter from their manager in Colorado that said the group would be in Virginia in March, and would play for very little money. So I listened to the CD, liked it, and decided to set up a date for them to play," she said.

The performances started on March 9 with a performance by Quintessential Brass, a local quintet.

On Monday, March 23, visitors can get ready for classic American folk musician Sean P. Harris.

Harris, who works at the library as a reference assistant, says he is looking forward to playing music for kids during the concert.

"It's always great to play for kids because adults are often jaded about music. When you've got a 3-year-old dancing to the music, you know you're doing something right," said Harris.

Rounding off the series on March 30 is the Fredericksburg Saxophone Quartet, which describes its music as "classical to jazz."

Baer has planned musical events for the library since she started working there in 1985, but music has pervaded her life much longer and more fully than that.

"I come from a very musical family. My husband, Bill, plays trombone in the community orchestra. My son and daughter both sing in choirs. After we moved here and when we had no other furniture at all in our house, we had a piano," she said.

Baer said she does not personally sing or play a musical instrument.

"I just appreciate music, and with my position I make it so others can play," she said.

Even so, Baer has no plans to make Music on Mondays in March a yearly thing like summer's Music on the Steps, saying, "What better way to end something than to have them wanting more?"

"Music on Mondays in March will make June seem like it's not that far away," she said.

Lauren Orsini: 540/374-5000, ext. 5617
Email: lorsini@freelancestar.com

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What: Music on Mondays in March Where: CRRL Headquarters Theater, 1201 Caroline St. When: March 16 (Driftwood Fire--Appalachian bluegrass and jazz), March 23 (Sean Harris--classical folk and rock) and March 30 (Fredericksburg Saxophone Quartet--classical to jazz). All concerts run 7-8 p.m. Cost: Free Info: 540/372-1144, arts point.org